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Pale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2009)
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Photo of almychristopher
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice golden color with a perfect white head that recedes leaving just a touch of lace that still clings nicely to the side of the glass. the aroma brings a nice bit of citrus hops, balanced nicely by the sweet maltiness, with a bit of the yeast esters as well. a very nice hop bite at the front again rounded out beautifully by the sweet malts. the medium mouthfeel and adequate carbonation make this a beer worth looking for, on par with or better than other beers in the pack.

almychristopher, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pub glass, forming an inch of frothy head and receding to leave globby bubble islands and thin lace. Not much carbonation rise and almost a murky un attractive color off this.

Still it smells wonderful and thats a plus. Plenty of sweet necter in here with caramel malty delight. Fruity too mixing it up with oranges and grapefruit and almost a cactus fruit aroma. Quite malty resembling clover honey and its very intoxicating to just inhale the aroma off this.

Taste is also quite good exceeding my expectations for the style. Not as sweet now in flavor, but malt still shines through providing great grain flavor here as well as packing a punch of hops. Bitters begin to dominate into the swallow, pine now owns all, where it once was a citris filled orange and leafy hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, carbonation provides some fuller feel, but overall its thin and well carbonated.

Aside from mouthfeel and seeming overly bitter for the style this is a good beer. Hops deliver some desired flavors for a hop head like me and malt provides terrific aroma and semi sweet flavors upfront.

Buebie, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/31/2009. 12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear deep goldenrod with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, sweet melon, sweet fruit, and bready malt. Flavor of sweet grapefruit and citrus, caramel and toasted malt. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice APA.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a fluffy 3"+ head that lasts a while. Moderate lacing develops during the session.

Smell: big floral hops and orange citrus are bold and very pleasant.

Taste: caramel, orange, pears, and a big floral hop bitterness make up a very tasty pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some mild dryness late.

Drinkability: this is a beer you can drink all day long. Refreshing and just a nice APA anyone would enjoy.

Gavage, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer number 2 from my pack of pales. Batch #585. Pours amber in color with a nice thick white head that retreated to the edges of the glass. Nice lacing down the glass.

Aroma is very citrusy and floral. Taste is all about the hops as well, lots of citrus and grapefruit flavors with a nice long bitter finish.

Drinkability is very good. I really enjoyed this one and I would easily choose this one before their Phin & Matt's Ale. Very good Pale that tastes a lot like a good IPA. They should make this a regular, although maybe it is as I don't understand their vote for your favorite pale thing they have going on. I vote for this one.

billab914, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the pack of pales.

A: Golden yellow with slight amber highlights. Moderate carbonation. Good 1-2 inch head dwindles to a lace.

S: Fruity with citrus aromas. Orange and tangerine mostly. Love the fruitiness. Faint malty sweetness.

T: Flavorful pale ale with citrus hops everpresent. Orange and tangerine are most prominent. Fruity esters add to the citrus experience. The bitterness is that of grapefruit and is pleasant and not too strong. Malts are light with a touch of caramel and a hint of honey.

M: Light bodied. Crisp. Goes down easy.

D: A very nice pale ale. A good staple. I reallly enjoyed the citrus character. Quite flavorful. I'll pick it up again.

brewdoc75, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear golden copper color with about two fingers of creamy bone white foam. Nose and flavors consist of citrus such as lemon, hints of pine, some grapefruit, toasted bread, sweet caramel malt towards the end. Medium slick body with decent carbonation. Worth a try if you see it around.

ClockworkOrange, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my mug. Pours an almost neon yellow clear color with a heavy thick tightly bubbled heading. Leaves some legs but only in the beginning.

Smell is kind of fruity with a slight hoppy aroma and a doughy maltiness. Seems well rounded.

Taste is well deceiving hoppy at first,then a bit fruity, and finishes a little doughy.

Mouth is smooth and bitter,light bodied and good carbonation.

This is a drinkable session like Pale ale.

TheFightfan1, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #716...12 ounce bottle from pack of pales poured into a Dogfish Head tumbler.

Pours a nice, bubbly copper-straw color. Minimal head, but good carbonation floating through the beer.

Smells of hops, citrus, sweet, sticky fruit, bubblegum, pine needles...much what a pale ale should be...maybe even a bit more hoppy than a pale ale should be...but smells good to me.

Tastes of peppery spice, citrus, caramel, hops, wheat bread, a bit of sugar.

Mouthfeel is good...very poppy across the tongue, and the hoppy spice lingers for a good while.

It's a drinkable beer...one that can sustain an evening, or stand alone.

Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale...crisp around the edges, a little spice, and some delicious citrusy hop notes.

movingtrain, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 716

A: Hazy "Heathcliff" orange. Gorgeous first impression, fast fading white head and spotty lacing to follow.

S: Hop in the front with a splash of citrus action in the back (lemon, grapefruit).

T: Classic APA in style, great hop thats stays with the program throughout. Finishes clean without a malt in site.

M: Medium bodied, great carbonation, ABV blends well. Perfect in every aspect of the notion.

D: Where do I sign up? Unfortunately this brew can only be located in two locations. Eat in or take out.

My quest is almost complete....

BuffaloTapHugger, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and Carapils malt scent along with a mild hop nose. The taste is great! It has a killer hop bite that's well balanced with a solid pale malt base. It's quite a bitter brew, bordering on IPA status. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very good APA. I'd expect nothing less from these guys.

WesWes, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of lovesoutherntier
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had it at the brewery when it was first released.

Appearence: amber to golden in color with a small head with some retention to the glass
Smell: smells of some c hops and maybe some amarillo
taste: tastes of c hops along with some very baked bread tones in the back. very well balanced, the standerded strong hop profile from southern tier, but not too much, balances well with the malts.
drinkability: this beer is very drikable, but what pale ale isnt't?
over all id say give this beer a try. there are better pale ales out there but this being the first test batch, hopefully by the end of it they will get it right in the end

lovesoutherntier, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of BeerPhan86
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this, came in the "Pack of Pales" mix pack. Four great hoppy beers in one mix pack is perfect for my taste.

A - Clear golden color, not very dark at all. Thick, sticky white head.

S - Smells of floral hops. To me this smells alot like an IPA.

T - Wow, quite hoppy for a pale ale. Very fruity hops, not bitter until the end. Very crisp, clean taste. Not too complex but I really like what's there.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, not as light as the color led me to expect.

D - I could drink this all night. It tastes like an IPA but doesn't carry the same higher alcohol content.

Overall a very solid pale ale. I haven't seen it in six packs, and since there are only seven reviews I would assume this is a new beer from ST. I would still probably opt for the Southern Tier IPA if buying it alone but it is nonetheless very good. If there is one thing this brewery has mastered it's hoppy beers, and this is no exception. Cheers!

BeerPhan86, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to buy the pack of pales to try this beer which chaps my ass.

A: Clear golden color. Much lighter than you would expect from a pale ale. A half finger of white head with some decent lacing.

S: A nice floral hop aroma hits you first. Really searching you get a touch of malt but there really is not much else there.

T: Really well balance. Quite a bit of taste but nothing really to think about. This should be given to people just getting into craft beer. Touch of hops up front then into a nice neutral malt taste. Really well balanced.

M: Very light. Very enjoyable on a hot summer day.

D: If this is less than 5% this is an epic win for Southern Tier. I do hate that you can only get it as part of their variety pack. Their 422 while good is only ok and I can get cheaper beer than I enjoy more. The IPA is always a plus and the other APA I get to review. Good beer poor marketing.

aerozeppl, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of jabel9
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier has climbed the ladder and become my favorite brewery. There is nothing from this company that I don't enjoy. Having said that, time to review the Pale Ale. The first impression is that this would be a fantastic session beer. Not too heavy and very smooth for a Pale. Taste, smell, mouth, and drinkability are all above average. If you are a fan of hoppy beers then I would suggest going with the IPA but overall another solid effort from a great brewer.

jabel9, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. This is the final ale in the Southern Tier Pack of Pales.
The appearance yellow and clean. No real smell.
Smooth hop profile, oil slick mouth feel. Clean crisp taste.
Alcohol taste is pretty hidden.
Nothing to fancy here.

mtnbikerpa, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a perfectly pale copper hue crystal clear with a bright white head, not to far off from Phin and Matt's appearance. Aroma has grapefruit and pine accents going on with minimal malt sweetness. I don't think I like the new retro labels, way to technicolor for me. Nose is really a blast of sugar coated hops very enticing and probably not too heavy on the alcohol, it's so nice to drink their standard beers. Rather than the Choklat, Mohkah bastardization of beer styles that they have become known for. Upfront with hop flavor crystal malts and some sugar coated grapefruit breakfast experience. Also a bit of piney hop flavor but not super bitter, it's that massive hop flavor with moderate bittering hops that makes for a helluva good session brew. Mouthfeel is slightly slick with hop oils but light to medium bodied, doesn't stick to your palate and leave you wanting to scrape the hops off your tongue. Drinkability is very solid one of those grass mowing or session pub ales that will definitely sell better than some of their past lower alcohol styles.

WVbeergeek, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of weave
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I'll be the first. And it's my first review too!!

A- Crystal clear, fine bubbles running up the glass. Deep golden to almost amber in color.

S- Earthy, piney hops. Almost resinous in aroma.

T- Hop bitterness dominated. It is not an overly hoppy beer but the flavor and bitterness of the hops does dominate the malt flavors. The hop flavor is more earthy/piney than citrus. It is a touch spicy too. Maybe a good amount of wheat in the grain bill?

M- Nice cramy mouthfeel. Not thin at all.

D- Long bitter finish. Not quite clean. Light malt flavors and hop bitter finish means easy drinking.

I like this beer better than ST IPA. IPA to me is too dry and has too long of a bitter finsh. This beer strikes me as somewhere between IPA and Phin and Matt's in character. Hoppier than Phin and Matt's but with more body than IPA.

weave, Jun 27, 2009
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Pale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.